Darlene J. Berg, age 83 of rural Argyle, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Monroe. She was born June 23, 1933 in Darlington, the daughter of Harold and Hilda (Steger) Matley. Darlene graduated from Argyle High School in 1951. She was united in marriage to Russell E. Berg on February 21, 1954 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Darlington. Darlene grew up in Lamont Township in Lafayette County and attended Vinger/Andrews Country School. She taught music for the Patti Music Company where she proudly taught and played the accordion. She also drove bus for the Argyle Public Schools, worked at the Land and Soil Conservation Center, in both Lafayette and Green County, Argyle Meat Processing Co-Op, and farmed with her husband at home.
Darlene is survived by her husband Russell at home; her children: Robin (Carolynn) Berg of Darlington, Melody (Frank) Loeffelholz of Monroe, Royal Berg and Randy Berg both of Argyle, and Caramel (David) Huber of Cedarville, Ill.; grandchildren: Hailee (Ryan) Kammerud, Brittany (Thomas) Saalsaa, Heidi (Jeremy) Taylor, and Tyler Huber; great-grandchildren: Thea, Sophie, and Millie Kammerud; Deante Seals and Zander Saalsaa; and Clark Taylor on the way; and step-grandchildren: Shelly (Mike) Mueller and Steven (Angie) O’Bel; five step-great-grandchildren: Jessica and Hannah Mueller, and Tatum, Riley, and Gavin O’Bel; and two sisters: Janis (Donald) Ruf of Darlington and Zona (Ronald) Schafer of Monroe. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister: Tamara Flowers.
Darlene was a member of Argyle Lutheran Church in Argyle. She was also a proud member of many clubs including: The Wiota Happy Homemakers, a Diamond member of Home and Community Education, The Lafayette Lovelies Red Hats, Green County Ag Chest, Monroe Moose Family Center #754 and Women of the Moose #599, and was Argyle Dairy Queen Chairman. Darlene cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren creating memories that they will remember forever.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ (339 E. Louisa Street, Darlington) where Rev. Barbara Brakey and Rev. Daniel L. Bohlman of Argyle Lutheran Church co-officiated. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date. A visitation was held Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the church. The Erickson Funeral Home in Darlington is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.
For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Darlene’s name.